8th Lyran Regulars

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Eighth Lyran Regulars
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Mad Hatters
Parent Formation Lyran Regulars
Formed Late twenty-eighth century[1]

Unit Description[edit]

The Eighth Lyran Regulars was originally a House Steiner BattleMech Regiment formed by the Lyran Commonwealth at dawn of the First Succession War. The unit was considered to have unusual behaviors and anti-establishment attitude towards Commonwealth's leadership. At one point they were considered to be best pirate hunters in Periphery.[2]



After the Exodus of General Aleksandr Kerensky, group of former Prisoners of War and dispossessed MechWarriors appealed to LCAF join their ranks. However, desperate as the Commonwealth was for 'Mech regiments, they were not trusted enough be equipped directly. They appealed to Archon Jennifer Steiner with proposal, if they acquire their own equipment, they be allowed to join her Armed Forces.

They would be dispatched to Free Worlds League world of Stewart, with equipment they could spare to raid a former SLDF Depot for 'Mechs. Their mission would be unconventional, where over course of a month they conduct series of usual incidents ranging from "spiking" base's water supply to using demolition charges false make it appear there were some minor earth quakes, flooding the base by changing course of nearby river and impersonating voodoo priests to try to panic local population. By doing so, in mists of these events, the 'Mechwarriors would take three hundred BattleMechs from the depot. Inlight of the their success, the Archon would reward these MechWarriors with commission in LCAF and designating them as the 8th Lyran Regulars. Through their antics and usual methods to get their newly acquired 'Mechs, Archon's brother, General Paul Steiner, would give them their nickname, The Mad Hatters.[3]

The Succession Wars and War of 3039[edit]

The unit would consider its tradition of using unconventional tactics through the Succession War era. They would be known to be at odds with establishment. Their excellent combat skills would keep the unit from being removed from service, despite their attitudes towards High Command. During the Third Succession War they would gain their affinity for pirate hunting. By doing so, they would be at odds with Archon Alessandro Steiner. Years after his reign would end, they would turn down the offer by Archon Katrina Steiner to be reassigned. When the Commonwealth conducted its operations against the Draconis Combine in the Fourth Succession War, the Regiment would remain at their post on New India during the conflict.[4]

Prior to the War of 3039, the unit would be remain assigned to Loric in 3038. They would remain stationed there as the war with the Draconis Combine would unfold and end in stalemate for the newly formed Federated Commonwealth.[5]

The Clan Invasion through to the FedCom Civil War[edit]

The unit would remain at its garrison throughout the Clan Invasion (3050 to 3052) remaining at its garrison post hunting Pirates. By 3062, the unit was well known for it deploying across the Inner Sphere to hunt down pirates. It was noted for deploying as far as the Magistracy of Canopus to Astrokaszy to hunt pirates and gaining its reputation as being among best in hunting pirates. They were noting only pirate band they had been able to hunt down, was famed Red Corsair. Among the Lyran Alliance's military bureaucracy, the Regulars would have supports that have kept the unit from being short on supplies. They would be benefit from newly build StarCorps production site on Son Hoa. The regiment would receive new equipment on a lend-lease program that would build up addition battalion worth of equipment.[6]

During the FedCom Civil War, the Regulars would remain neutral through out the conflict. With its commanding officer keep the unit neutral, due to her views of General of Armies Nondi Steiner. The Regulars would be only one of its sister units to remain at full strength, due part its association with association with StarCorp of Son Hoa.[7][8]

The Jihad[edit]

In the early Jihad, the Eighth landed on Megrez to reinforce the 4th and 10th Lyran Regulars. Later they assaulted Niihau and forced the Free Worlds League to leave the system. They took moderate losses.[9]

During the Jihad, the 8th Lyran Regulars would be assigned to Operation: Steel Hammer in March 3074. The Regulars would be part of a task force of coalition forces deployed to liberate Coventry from the control of the Word of Blake. The Regulars while teamed with the 4th Falcon Cluster, 7th Donegal Guards, and elements of ComStar's 4th Army would wage a brief four day battle claim planet from Word of Blake forces.[10]

The Dark Age era[edit]

The Eighth Lyran Regulars were assigned to Inarcs in 3085, both as a garrison unit and as a reconstruction force.[11]

The unit was assigned to Operation Hammerfall as a reserve unit in 3137.[12] They later participated in Operation Hammerfall and seized several pieces of equipment from their opponents in the Free Worlds League.[13] During Operation Hammerfall they were assigned to block any reinforcements from the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth. As part of this they raided several League and independent worlds includig Midkiff and Coriscana. After Clan Wolf turned against the Commonwealth, the Eighth found itself deep in enemy territory. They were able to escape the Wolf-held area and return to Bolan, but only after raiding some of the Wolf-held worlds for supplies.[14]

By 3145 they were stationed on Abramkovo and Zdice.[15]


As of 3050 to 3054, the commanding officer of the unit was Lieutenant-General William Korsant.[16]

As of 3062 to 3067, the commanding officer of the unit was Lieutenant-General Cynthia Nelson.[17][18]

As of 3085 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Ramon Schräder.[19]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Colonel John Nelson.[15]


By 3062, the unit would never employ conventional tactics, unless it used to throw off enemy off its guard.[20]

Composition History[edit]


Eighth Lyran Regulars (Green/Reliable)[21]


Eighth Lyran Regulars (Green/Reliable)[22]


Eighth Lyran Regulars (BattleMech Regiment)[16][23]

  • CO: Lieutenant-General William Korsant

Unit Note: The unit would remain on New India, assigned to the FedCom's Florida Command.


Eighth Lyran Regulars (Reinforced BattleMech Regiment)

  • CO: Lieutenant-General Cynthia Nelson

Unit Note: BattleMech regiment was reinforced upwards to four Battalions of 'Mechs. These would include full companies of Emperor and Highlander Assault BattleMechs.[24]

Fourteenth New India Fighter Wing (Aerospace Fighter Wing)

Ninth New India Heavy Armor (Reinforced Armor Regiment)

  • CO: Colonel Guttierez Ramon de Jesus Smith

Unite Note: The regiment was reinforced to five Battalions worth of Combat Vehicles. Its 4th Battalion would be exclusively consist of VTOL type vehicles, while its 5th Battalion staffed with Mechanized Infantry companies.[25]

Unit Note: The 8th Regulars would be considered as of 3062 as Reliable in their loyalty and Regulars with their skills.[26] They would be listed for the time with Equipment Rating of "D".[27]


Eighth Lyran Regulars (Reinforced BattleMech Regiment)

  • CO: Lieutenant-General Cynthia Nelson

Fourteenth New India Fighter Wing

  • CO: Kommandant Luka Schoner

Ninth New India Heavy Armor (Reinforced Regiment)

  • CO: Colonel Guttierez Ramon de Jesus Smith

Unit Note: The Combat Vehicle Regiment consisted of 3 Armor, 1 VTOL & hovercraft & 1 mechanized infantry battalion. The BattleMech regiment consisted of 4 'Mech battalions, instead of the 3 usually assigned. It would be assigned to the Timbuktu Theater of the Lyran Alliance as of 3067. They would be considered Veterans, but with Questionable loyalty. Its support forces, would rated as Regulars, but considered to be reliable in loyalty. While 'Mech and Armor reinforce regiments would at full strength, its Aerospace Wing would listed as 95% of its fight capacity.[18].


Eighth Lyran Regulars (Regular/Questionable)[19]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Ramon Schräder

Fourteenth New India Fighter Wing (Regular/Reliable)[19]

Ninth New India Heavy Armor (Green/Questionable)[19]

  • CO: Colonel Gerfrid Fortuyn


Eighth Lyran Regulars (Regular/Fanatical)[15]

  • CO: Colonel John Nelson


Game Notes[edit]

Using Field Manual: Lyran Alliance's Force Specific Rules, the 8th Lyran Regulars would be given number of traits and abilities from Rules Annex to be used in scenarios.

  • When assigning randomly BattleMechs to the Regulars for a scenario, the controlling player may select a BattleMech from the "A" one out every four unit used. Once random dice rolling determines weight classes, the controlling player may choose which A Rated 'Mech will be rolled for their force.
  • Prior to beginning of the game, a controlling play may choose which Force Specific ability would like to use for that game. They may choose from the following; +1 to their force Initiative rolls, Selection of Maps if selection is random, Forcing the Initiative, Banking Initiative, Off-Map Movement, or Overrun Combat. Also when playing a BattleForce 2 type game, they may choose commands to be played. However, all available commands must be chosen prior to the particular command be chosen again.[28]


  1. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - Formation date noted at in that century, formed just after the Exodus.
  2. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - Lyran Regular's attitude and general description of the unit given.
  3. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - Unit's origin reveal and how they got their nickname, the Mad Hatters.
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 44 - Operation Gotterdammerrung - 4th Lyran Regulars remain on New India.
  5. Historical: War of 3039, p. 137 - Deployment table for War of 3039. From 3038 to 3040.
  6. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - History up to 3062.
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 171 - 8th Lyran Regulars - Unit status and brief fluff on what unit had been doing during the FedCom Civil War years.
  8. FedCom Civil War sourcebook, p.183 - Deployment - 8th Lyran Regulars shown to have remained on New India during entire FedCom Civil War.
  9. Field Report: LAAF, p. 13
  10. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 24-25, 66 - Operation: Steel Hammer, Devlin Stone: The Mission, 8th Lyran Regulars listed among liberating forces of Coventry.
  11. Field Manual: 3085, p. 102
  12. Fire at Will - Unit noted as a reserve unit during the operation.
  13. Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League, p. 36
  14. Field Manual: 3145, p. 128
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. 132, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Timbuktu Province"
  16. 16.0 16.1 20 Year Update, p. 28, "AFFC Deployment Table"
  17. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - Commanding Office noted.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 178, "Deployment Table - 3067"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 108, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  20. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - Tactics as of 3062.
  21. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 120, "Deployment Table"
  22. Historical: War of 3039, p. 137
  23. Objective Raids, p. 20, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  24. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - 'Mech regiment receives companies worth of old Star League designs.
  25. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 90 - 9th New India's components types.
  26. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 125 - Unit deployment and status as 3062 from Deployment lists.
  27. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 133 - Standard Equipment rating for the unit in 3062 from Rules Annex.
  28. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 133 - Rules Annex special rules.